The name on the boat was "The Office." As we powered into the next slip, I shouted to the owner, "What's with the name?"
He waved a massive cellphone and said, "People expect me to be at work, so when they call and ask where I am, I say, 'at the office.' "
That was 35 years ago, and I couldn't even imagine how the worlds of work and recreation would merge back then. There was the friend who worked in publishing who did job estimates for Philly clients, but he did them from his boat in sunnier climes.
In October, he changed scenery: "We head to Florida. We go down the Intracoastal Waterway and meet new friends."
Then there were the business people working on laptops at ski lodge guest office spaces. A plumbing supply business friend who uses his boat as a base to call on clients. And when I phone a certain insurance broker in Philly, he answers from a New York state lakeside home.
By the way, I've filed some of these reports from distant cafes and Tiki bars. What's in your future?